Papilio filaprae

Papilio filaprae is a butterfly from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa). The first description was in 1904 by Suffert. The wingspan is about 10 – 11 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of Papilio filaprae is darkbrown or black. White bands and spots dominate the wings.



Photos for easy identification

Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer

Here you can see some photos of Papilio filaprae. Papilio filaprae is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa).


Description

The fore wings are dark-brown or black. In the middle of the wing there is a chain of big, white spots.
The underside of Papilio filaprae is very similar to the upside. But, the basic colour is brown.

The hind wings of Papilio filaprae are dark-brown or black. The edge is wavy. A white band dominates the wing. At the outer edge there is a chain of little, white spots.  
The underside is red-brown. There are many, black stripes and black veins. In the middle of the wing there is a white band. The outer edge is black and it contains a chain of little, white spots.

The body (abdomen) is dark-brown. The thorax and the head are dark-brown. The underside of the abdomen is white.

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Distribution

Papilio filaprae is a butterfly from the Afrotropic (Africa) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from Cameroon until the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Angola.

This world map shows the ecozones in which this butterfly is distributed.

Larval food

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General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1904 by Suffert. There is only one subspecies.

Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Papilio gallienus Distant 1879

Papilio mechowi Distant 1881

Papilio mechowianus Dewitz 1885


Scientific name

Papilio filaprae Suffert 1904


Other names

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Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AFROTROPIC (Africa)

 

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